Rogue State: America at War With the World (2004 book)
Rogue State. America at War with the World by T.D. Allman.
"A COMEDY FOR THOSE WHO THINK, A TRAGEDY FOR THOSE WHO FEEL." That's how T. D. Allman describes the George W. Bush presidency. That's why you'll laugh as well as cry as you read this enthralling account of a petulant president running wild.
Compellingly and often hilariously, Rogue State tells the story of how George W. Bush and the radical rogues he's placed in power in Washington unleashed a new era of danger in international affairs. From Bush's own North Korea-like repudiation of the anti-ballistic missile treaty, to his deception of the American pubic over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Allman portrays a U.S. presidency run amok in an exasperated, increasingly frightened world.
Rogue State is a rich, dark and comic tale of a monumental misuse of power -- an epochal squandering of possibility -- in a time that cried out for American greatness, and got George W. Bush instead.
From Babylon to the Pentagon, and from Muammar Qaddafi to Ariel Sharon, T.D. Allman knows personally most of the places, and many of the people, depicted in this book. He is the author of the authoritative Unmanifest Destiny and the best-selling Miami: City of the Future. As a staff writer for The New Yorker, and as the foreign correspondent for Vanity Fair, he witnessed many of the historic events described in this book. His writing also has appeared in Harper's, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and the National Geographic. He is a former Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His New York apartment overlooks the site of the former World Trade Center.
"On the morning of September 12, 2001, America had the love and support of the world. It was a unique moment, when the United States might have mobilized a worldwide movement of nations and peoples in a genuine effort to fight terrorism. That did not happen. Instead the world became a more dangerous place -- not because of terrorist attacks -- but because the Bush administration went on a kind of foreign policy rampage. Rogue State tells the story of how Bush and those around him squandered the goodwill of the world, insulted America's allies, lost the respect of developing nations, and unleashed a new era of danger and instability in international affairs in the course of an unelected president's single-minded drive to launch an unneeded war in Iraq. Allman fits the Bush administration's Iraq obsession into the pattern of its wider campaign of alienation and destabilization. From its scorn for worldwide efforts to ban torture and chemical weapons, its refusal to ratify the Kyoto accords, to its own North Korea-like repudiation of the nuclear test ban treaty, and its sabotaging of attempts to make international crimes against humanity punishable offenses, Allman portrays a U.S. presidency in an exasperated, and increasingly frightened world."